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  Canarium album Leenh.
  Family Name : Burseraceae

  Common Names : Chinese Olive Tree

  Chinese Name : 橄榄, 青果, 山榄

Chinese Olive Tree
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Tree (Medium (16m-30m); Small (6m-15m))
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      South China, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: It is a small to medium-sized tree growing up to 25 m tall.
      Foliage: Its compound leaves consist several pairs of lanceolate to ovate leaflets, which are 6-14 cm long.
      Flowers: Its inflorescence are born in leaf axils, consisting many small white florets.
      Fruits: Its fruits are drupes, ovoid to spindle-shaped, ripening from green to yellow.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: The fruits are often consumed after preserved.)
      Cultural / Religious (

      Heritage Tree:

      There is currently one individual of Canarium album listed as Heritage Tree in Singapore. To find out more about this tree, please visit the Heritage Tree Register.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Form
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Roadside Tree / Palm, Parks & Gardens
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Economic Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Foliar Type :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Yellow / Golden
      Seed Quantity per Fruit :
      Few (1-5)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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